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The Buddha Tree

Ninth Dalai Lama
Lungtok Gyatso (1806-1815)
    During Lungtok Gyatso's brief reign, significant shifts of power began to occur in the region. The Qing Dynasty was beginning to weaken, and could barely maintain influence in Tibet. The British continued to show an interest, but could make no inroads. Lungtok Gyatso died at age 11 in the Potala palace. Some historians believe that, given the tumultuous state of Tibetan politics, he was assassinated. The subsequent three Dalai Lamas also died young. Some theories suggest they, too, were murdered.


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